Place Beyond the Pines is the latest film by Derek Cianfrance starring Ryan Gosling (as Luke), Bradley Cooper (as Avery), and Eva Mendes (as Romina). The film centers on the two men’s tragic encounter- Cooper as a rookie cop and Gosling as a bad-boy biker who upon learning that he has a baby tries to make good as a provider but chooses crime as the path.
Eva Mendes plays a working mother with a man that cares for her, her mother and her baby. Her brief romantic liaison with Luke and his immediate departure, left her alone and with a baby. She never told him about the boy.
The story takes some twists and looks at the long term impact of choices made by parents in their own lives and children.
The film opens today.